Stranded Cubans return home

first_img…aircraft’s mechanical issues resolvedA number of Cubans who were stranded in Guyana over the past three days have started returning home as a mechanical issue affecting their Aruba Air aircraft has been resolved.Reports are the delays were as a result of the mechanical defect arising from the engine of the Aruba Air aircraft being hit by birds Sunday.“Aruba Air’s top priority is safety. The mechanical issue took a bit longer to rectify than initially anticipated and the aircraft is now back in service. Additionally, a second aircraft is being diverted to the Guyana route to effectively deal with the backlog of passengers,” said Captain Gerry Gouveia, Chief Executive Officer of Roraima Airways, the local representative of Aruba Air.Gouveia explained that a standard operating arrangement was in place for delayed Aruba Air passengers to be accommodated at Roraima’s Residence Inn, but owing to the extended delay additional accommodation had to be secured. This additional accommodation came in the form of Roraima Airways Residence Inn and Duke Lodge Hotels as well as the Diocesan Youth Centre in Subryanville and the YWCA on Brickdam. He said that the affected passengers were provided with daily meals.“Aruba Air had expected to have the Guyana flight operational on Monday, but the mechanical issue was not rectified by that time as was anticipated. This resulted in the need for additional accommodation at short notice and arrangements were immediately put in place to have them comfortably accommodated in groups so that they could interact among themselves and at the same time be communicated with together and updated on departure information,” Gouveia explained.last_img read more

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Bush brings plan to the border

first_imgBush did not declare his support for either of Congress’ two competing proposals – one approved by the House that would build 700 miles of fencing and a provision in the Senate bill that would build half that. Instead, he said the decision should be up to the Border Patrol.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“People’s work is making a difference,” the president said. “But we do not have full control of the border.” Bush wants a sweeping immigration overhaul that combines enhanced border-security measures with a guest worker program. But he faces stiff resistance from conservative Republicans, particularly in the House, who prefer a get-tough approach and largely oppose a Bush-backed guest-worker program, which they see as providing amnesty for criminal behavior. House legislation that passed last year would make all illegal immigrants subject to prosecution as felons. While the president visited the U.S.-Mexico border, the Senate continued a heated debate over broad legislation that largely does what Bush wants. “The Senate needs to get the bill out,” Bush said. Eager to win over conservative opponents, the president has been talking increasingly tough. On Monday, he proposed deploying up to 6,000 National Guard troops along the international line to support Border Patrol agents until their ranks can be expanded. On Thursday, he said it makes sense to put up fencing along some parts of the border. SAN LUIS, Ariz. – President George W. Bush peered across this hot, dusty and very busy illegal crossing point Thursday, hoping to offer conservatives balking at a broad immigration bill firsthand evidence that he’s serious about tightening the nation’s 2,000-mile border with Mexico. He said fences would help stop people from sneaking into the United States. The president showed off a section of the border that is seeing a rising tide of illegal immigrants and other smuggling. The United States is responding with increased manpower – including help from the National Guard – and a newly beefed-up enforcement zone that features two layers of tall fencing, a concrete culvert, floodlights, watch towers and camera surveillance. “I think it helps to have the president out here, seeing the part of the area of the country that one time was overrun by people coming in here, that’s beginning to get settled down because of a strategy that’s being employed,” Bush said later in a packed room at the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector headquarters about 30 miles away. last_img read more

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QPR v Carlisle: Smithies makes debut and youngsters get chance to impress

first_imgGoalkeeper Alex Smithies makes his QPR debut in their League Cup second-round game against Carlisle United at Loftus Road.Youngsters Darnell Furlong, Cole Kpekawa, Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox are also in the Rangers starting line-up, as is summer signing Oscar Gobern.Junior Hoilett, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Clint Hill start too as head coach Chris Ramsey makes full use of his squad.Ramsey told West London Sport ahead of the game that he was keen to rest defenders Nedum Onuoha and James Perch.Neither have been included, although Perch is among the substitutes. Grant Hall is the only player in the 11 who also started Saturday’s league game against Rotherham.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa; Doughty, Gobern; Grego-Cox, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Lumley, Perch, Luongo, Phillips, Comley, Chery, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Wilmington College names Brandi Montgomery Agriculture Student Recruiter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brandi MontgomeryWhen Brandi (Fornshell) Montogmery joined Wilmington College’s admission staff in 2014, she was no stranger to WC, as she is an alumnus from the Class of 2013. Her recent appointment as the College’s primary recruiter of agriculture students was, in turn, especially appropriate as she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agirculture.She returned to WC in 2014 after working two years in the agriculture industry.Adam Lohrey, director of admission, said her job experience, coupled with that gained as a former agriculture student and Student Ambassador with the Admission Office, have set up Brandi for success in her new role.“She will continue building relationships with high schools and other agriculture programs, in addition to working closely with our faculty in student recruitment and cultivating relationships within the agriculture industry,” he said.Lohrey said Montgomery will coordinate Wilmington College’s presence at the Ohio, Indiana and National FFA conventions, while also interfacing with FFA and agriculture instructors throughout Ohio and beyond.In addition, she will continue a close affiliation with the Ohio Farm Bureau as a young professional in agriculture as a delegate to the annual meeting and a member involved with local programming. At WC, she will supervise agriculture majors in the student ambassador program, lead farm tours for prospective students and their families, and take a leadership role in group visits to campus and visit program days.last_img read more

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7 Indie Filmmaking Tips for Shooting Day for Night

first_imgTip 1: Contrast Is Your Friend“One of the biggest differences between night and day,” Barber points out, “is how contrasty everything is.” By its nature, ambient daylight shooting is predominantly bright light and small parts of shadow, which is the opposite of what you’d actually see (and like to re-create) when depicting night.The difference between the light and shadow is pretty dramatic at night. So, when you’re shooting day for night, you have to be very conscious of how you’ll need to create that contrast, as it won’t occur naturally.For Barber and his crew, this meant that understanding, creating, and emphasizing contrast was paramount to their day-for-night production shoots.Tip 2: Direction of Light Is ImportantWe had the most success using backlight and sidelight for our highlights. The other piece to remember is that you can always use HMIs or bounce sunlight. In our case, we used mirrors in ultra-wide shots to get a nice rim around our actors. Which goes back to getting that contrast, which comes from the direction of light.One of the best ways to harness contrast is in Barber’s second tip: understand the importance of light direction. Barber and his crew had to find innovative ways to manipulate light direction to create backlight or sidelights for highlights, which may not have existed naturally.Tip 3: A Clean and Clear SkylineOne of the most endearing parts of Barber’s film came from the beautiful, star-filled night skies that brought out the childlike wonder in the film’s world. Creating a picturesque night-canopy, while shooting day-for-night, was no easy feat and required a post-production friendly eye.You either want zero sky in the shot, or you want a really clean skyline you can replace. For us, we were lucky because we were trying to create a Miyazaki-type world, so we wanted big, beautiful night skies with lots of expanse. So we were actually either totally framing out the sky or we would find a way where we got a nice, clean horizon line where we could completely replace the sky with something more majestic.Without a clean and consistent horizon line, the post-production masking process would have been much more difficult, Barber explained. That could have made entire scenes too time- or labor intensive to include.Tip 4: Consider Color TemperatureFor those shooting day-for-night, you’re going to probably want a violet night or a greenish night or a bluish night or a desaturated night. The way you can get there is by playing with LUTs and camera settings to get a basic idea on set of what you’ll get. We did this on our dusk-for-night shot, and we were shooting with an ARRI Alexa, which handles a lot of things well. We would do things like reduce the green or play with color levels a little bit to get a sense of something of a pre-look.If you’re new to color temperature, you can read some of our posts about color and light temperature here. As Barber’s film shows, knowing how to work with colors at the source is a huge help on tricky production days.Tip 5: Look at ExamplesImage from Pan’s Labyrinth via Warner Bros.Sometimes you’ll find a scene or two in a movie, but we wanted to see how we could make it work for an extended period. We looked at Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, but we also looked at some clips from National Geographic, which actually has some great clips, Guillermo Del Toro did some day-for-night. Basically we looked high and low for good examples.Perhaps the best way to learn about day-for-night shooting (or any production style, really) is to study the experts. Especially, as in Barber’s case, when you’re shooting a film that features a much greater amount of day-for-night than your typical production. Barber and his team put in the time from the get-go to find examples to influence their look and style.Tip 6: Know that Day-For-Night Is a LookIt works for our movie because we’re in a mystical forest and having a childlike Where The Wild Things Are–esque adventure. (Editor’s note: it also helps to have original costumes designed by the same fabricator.) Essentially, if the story is strong enough, you’ll have the audience going right along with you. It works more when you want to have a distinctive look. It’s more about your audience feeling like it’s night then convincing them that it is.If you’re looking for one piece of advice to take away from this article, please let this be it. As Barber stresses, the goal of INTO THE WHO KNOWS! (or any production, for that matter) is not to create a scene that looks like night during the day. It’s to create a look that can exist inside a world where the audience can feel like it is night.Tip 7: Hire a Great DP and a Great ColoristBarber’s production would be for naught without the tireless work of a creative and dutiful production crew and post-production colorist.Probably the most important tip. Our DP Patrick Smith and our colorist Anand Modi were excellent and really knew their stuff, and also were not afraid to experiment. Our colorist, for example, worked with lots of technical tricks like working with black levels and dealing with contrast, and just setting colors into the right place to bring these different shots together.You can check out the film’s trailer below or read more about their premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival here. Be sure to follow their Facebook and website for updates on screenings and where to find the film online. These real-world indie filmmaking production tips from Micah Barber will improve your next day-for-night shoot.All images via INTO THE WHO KNOWS! and DIFF.We chatted with filmmaker Micah Barber at the premiere of his film INTO THE WHO KNOWS! at the Dallas International Film Festival about his project and some innovative tips for shooting day-for-night scenes.Micah Barber (4th from left) with the cast of INTO THE WHO KNOWS! at the world premiere at DIFF 2017.Barber’s debut film, INTO THE WHO KNOWS!, is a kids’ adventure movie, which can be a rare film festival find these days. Produced by Alexandra Malick (the wife of famed filmmaker Terrence Malick), the film follows ten-year-old Thomas (Bryce Gheisar) on a whimsical Calvin and Hobbes-esque journey full of adventure and wonder.As such, Barber and his crew were out in the woods and forced to work a tight schedule that included many day-for-night and dusk-for-night shoots. For those looking for a few day-for-night tips, here are Barber’s seven indie filmmaking insights. Have any tips or tricks for shooting day-for-night of your own? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastle

first_imgEx-Crystal Palace owner Jordan: Ashley serious about selling Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is convinced Mike Ashley is serious about selling Newcastle United.On the takeover, he says Ashley could do a deal quickly and even if it goes beyond January he think he will sell up.Jordan told talkSPORT: “He’s looking to sell. Absolutely he’s looking to sell.“Unequivocally this time without a shadow of doubt from my vantage point without actually having spoken to Mike for a significant passage of time, reading the signs, knowing how deals get done, last year with Staveley came to the table I pretty much said: ‘This deal will not get done, it will not get done.’“This time there’s a different feel to it, there’s a different metric to it and look from it. Ashley is going to sell this football club. Now it’s not going to hold them back in January from spending money because if he has to spend money he will add it to the ticket. If he doesn’t have to write a cheque for it someone else is paying for it and so be it.”With Mike I absolutely believe he should sell. I believe he will sell this time, I don’t believe it’s a PR spin.“If I was him I wouldn’t want to be there anymore. It’s so toxic and debilitating for everyone at the football club – he’s never going to recover from the impression that he’s not there for the football club when they need him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoRiver Plate midfielder Juan Quintero: Man City talks makes me proud

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Juan Quintero: Man City talks makes me proudby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Juan Quintero has revealed contact with Manchester City.Quintero, on-loan from Porto, has just helped River win the Copa Libertadores.He told Goal: “My agent had a meeting with Manchester City, which made me very proud. “If I go back to Europe, it must be in everyone’s advantage and not just a financial issue.”Along with City, Real Madrid are also interested in the Colombia international. last_img read more

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Photo: Shelley Meyer Had A National Championship Ring Made Into A Necklace

first_imgurban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State’s players and coaches weren’t the only ones to receive rings for the national championship. The coaches wives also received some “bling” for the win, and Shelley Meyer tweeted out a picture of her new jewelry yesterday. She had the ring turned into a necklace. There is probably no more sought after accessory in the state of Ohio right now.Buckeyes got their “ring bling”-Buckeye Coaches’ Wives got some championship bling of their own. #1 #natlchamps pic.twitter.com/jxOfYrwGsx— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) March 27, 2015Few college football coaches’ wives are as active as Shelley Meyer. She and the other Buckeye wives definitely earned this after a long season.last_img read more

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Just for Laughs Vicelands Desus and Mero venture out of the bodega

first_imgThey are late-night talk-show hosts unlike any others in the business. They didn’t graduate from an established communications school; in fact, they have no formal TV training at all. They eschew suits and ties in favour of T-shirts and sneakers. Their set is not some handsomely appointed collection of designer desks and couches; nah, they hold court in a room where a most menacing, taxidermied bear looks ready to spring on them and their guests.They are Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, better known as the Bodega Boys (also the title of their popular podcast), and they are the hosts of Viceland’s first daily, late-night show, Desus and Mero. They hail from the gritty streets of the Bronx, where they met in high school and mastered the fine art of bants — an exchange of mocking comments.And the bants will doubtless fly Saturday at Maison Théâtre when the guys hit Just for Laughs in The Bodega Boys Live With Desus Nice and the Kid Mero. They will also host and perform in Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Friday at Monument National. Twitter Facebook On their talk show, Desus and Mero (as they prefer to be called) engage in all manner of political, social, cultural and sports bantering. They are also quick to admit that they know very little about some of these subjects. Regardless, this has not been a deterrent for a slew of A-listers to be on the show. Among their guests have been renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and renowned astro-rapper Sean (P. Diddy) Combs.“We’re not seeking people out for the most part,” Mero says. “It’s funny, because a lot of people now are seeking us out on their own. They’re coming to us and asking if they can be on, and a lot of them are fans of the show. It’s crazy.”“We have the most diverse late-night audience, too,” Desus says. “We’re big in the 21- to 34-year-old group. So people know if they want to reach out to that audience, they have to come on to our show. They’re not going to reach out to that audience on Jimmy Fallon or those other shows.“So now people who were skeptical about coming on our show are basically begging to be on it.”It certainly was a coup landing super-mensa deGrasse Tyson, whom they describe as the “most notable astrophysicist from the Bronx.” If not the only astrophysicist from the Bronx, deGrasse Tyson hastened to add on the show.The episode was classic, with deGrasse Tyson trying to teach them about the cosmos, telling them how he wrestled in high school with dreams of becoming the next Bruce Lee, and then conceding that Desus and Mero would be better off with Science Guy Bill Nye than him if marooned on Gilligan’s Island. “(Nye) would know how to make a coconut radio and save us all, and I would just be there saying: ‘Look at that pretty star.’ ”High on their wish list for guests is Barack Obama. “He’s funny and he’d be a little more free to speak his mind now,” Desus says.The guys aren’t reluctant about taking liberties with their current president.“It’s generally normal to make fun of any president, but this dude is just on another level of idiocy that we’ve never witnessed before,” Mero says.“Every day he says something that’s more and more ridiculous, so we can’t even avoid talking about it. Sometimes we ask ourselves if we’re going to get burned out on this and if it’s going to get boring, but every day he comes out with something new and we’re going: ‘What the f— is going on here?’ ”Adds Desus: “At first it was like we were all sitting around watching a train wreck. But now it’s like we’re all sitting around watching a reality-TV series that doesn’t end. It’s like watching the country burning.”“A lot of people are very scared now, thinking that the country is crumbling. But to immigrants and people of colour, this is old news for us,” Mero says.All the same, Desus and Mero feel they will have to alter their game plan in Montreal this weekend.“We’re going to adapt our act with a lot of Canadian references, like poutine and the CN Tower,” Desus says.The guys might want to check out Montreal’s dépanneurs, which bear a certain similarity to their bodegas.“There’s actually a place called Dépanneur in Brooklyn, where you can get beef jerky and stuff — so that’s what it means,” Mero says.They are aware that the Vice empire has its roots in Montreal, having been founded in 1994 by Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes and Shane Smith as a DIY mag called Voice of Montreal.“I used to go to a record store on Broadway and pick up a bunch of copies of their paper for me and my friends, and I remember it was called Voice of Montreal,” Mero says.“We went to Vegas with Shane, and I remember the Canadian anthem came on, and he was singing with all this passion I had never seen before,” Desus says. “It’s nice to have that kind of national pride.”Their path to success wasn’t paved with the right showbiz connections. It was against all odds that Desus (with family roots in Jamaica) and Mero (whose kin came from the Dominican Republic) made it.“I guess it’s some luck and talent,” Mero says. “It’s about knowing and sticking to what you’re doing and having the right chemistry. We’ve also stayed who we are, and resisted change, while maintaining our sense of humour and not trying to acquiesce to the (wishes of other people).“Also, let’s not forget that when you have crippling debt and you have to pay dues, it’s a lot easier to be funny,” Desus explains. “Telling jokes for a living is also a lot easier for me than trying to get a job on a forklift.”Desus recalls keeping a landlord at bay for rent by keeping him giggling. “Listen, when you owe someone three months’ rent and you can keep him laughing when he comes in to collect, you’ll be all right.”AT A GLANCEThe Bodega Boys Live With Desus Nice and the Kid Mero takes place Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at Maison Théâtre, 245 Ontario St. E.; tickets cost $31.65. Desus and Mero also host and perform in Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Friday, July 28 at 9:30 p.m. at Monument National, 1182 St-Laurent Blvd.; tickets cost $24.45. For tickets and more information, visit hahaha.com or call 514-845-2322.twitter.com/billbrownstein  Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Highlights from federal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Highlights from the federal Liberal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau:— “Proactive” pay equity legislation, as well as $3 million over five years for a “pay transparency” measure, to close the wage gap among federal workers and in federally regulated sectors, impacting some 1.2 million people.— The “Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare,” to be headed by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, which will explore ways to establish a national drug program.— $3.2 billion over five years for Canadian science and research, including money for granting councils and Canada Research Chairs, upgrading outdated laboratory facilities and harnessing the power of “Big Data.”— $2.6 billion over five years for a wide array of measures to encourage and foster scientific innovation and gender equality in the field, including encouraging female entrepreneurs and business leaders, revamping procurement and expanding access to broadband internet.— A federal deficit of $18.1 billion, including a $3-billion “risk adjustment,” down from $19.3 billion last year, that’s projected to decline slowly over the next several years, reaching $12.3 billion ($9.3 billion without the $3-billion cushion) by 2022-23.— About $1.4 billion over six years to support Indigenous children in foster care and promote family reunification, plus $400 million over 10 years to upgrade and expand Inuit housing and $500 million for Metis housing.— Plans to “eventually move away” from the disastrous Phoenix pay system for civil servants, including $431.4 million over six years to help address current pay problems, $5.5 million over two years for the Canada Revenue Agency to handle and process related tax queries and returns and $16 million over two years for efforts to find a suitable replacement system.— Higher excise taxes on tobacco products, including a $1 increase on a carton of 200 cigarettes and an adjustment that would see taxes increase with inflation every year, rather than every five years.— $1.2 billion over five years and $344.7 million a year afterward for a new employment insurance parental sharing benefit that would provide additional “use-it-or-lose-it” benefits for non-birthing parents to encourage women to re-enter the workforce.— $2 billion over five years for international aid through a new International Assistance Innovation program, designed to come up with flexible new financing arrangements, and the Sovereign Loans program.— $155.2 million over five years for a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security and $116 million over five years for the RCMP to create a National Cybercrime Co-ordination Unit, as well as $236.5 million over the same time frame to support a new national cybersecurity strategy.— $448.5 million over five years to double the number of placements under the Canada Summer Jobs program by 2019-20.— $172 million over five years and $42.5 million a year afterward for the Canada Media Fund to foster the growth of Canadian-produced content.— $50 million over five years to support “local journalism in underserved communities,” and plans to explore new models that would allow private and philanthropic support for “non-profit” journalism, including allowing Canadian newspapers to receive charitable status.— $75 million over five years, with $11.8 million a year afterward, to bolster Canada’s trade ties with China and Asia.— $191 million over five years to support jobs in the softwood lumber industry, including litigation under the World Trade Organization and NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanism.— $90.6 million over five years to track down tax evaders and avoiders, plus $41.9 million over five years and $9.3 million a year thereafter to help Canada’s courts deal with the additional caseload.— Changes to income sprinkling, passive investment income and the small business tax rate that are expected to save the government $925 million a year by 2022-23.— $173.2 million in 2018-19 to support claim processing and to improve border security to better manage the increased number of people seeking asylum in Canada.last_img read more

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